Chiavalon Organic Olive Oil - Croatia
Ever since my earliest days, my love for olive trees grew each time I visited our little olive grove with my grandfather. I have always been fascinated by its slow growth, its beauty and the gift it gives us after all the hard work.
Until 1997, we cultivated only 50 olive trees, about 300 to 400 years old. After my grandfather fell ill, there was nobody left to cultivate our olive grove, so while my peers were busy collecting football cards and riding their bikes, I had a somewhat different hobby. My only goal was to learn each and every fact about this beautiful tree and to produce extra virgin olive oil that would make my whole family happy. It was certainly not easy at the beginning – a 14-year-old, stating that he wants to work, can only get an "oh, it's just puberty" reaction.
However, my family soon recognized my passion for olive trees and jumped in to help me. With time, this hobby marked my entire life and grew into our family business. From 2000 to the present, our extra virgin olive oils have received numerous awards. We have won many gold medals at the Olive Oil Competition in Vodnjan, Vinistra in Poreč and Maslina in Split, as well as gold medals and acknowledgments at Alma Armonia in Italy, the International Olive Oil Prize in Zurich, A.I.P.O. Riva del Garda, the L'Orciolo d'oro in Pesaro, Olive Japan, Los Angeles Olive Oil Award, etc.
In competition with several thousand olive oil samples from all over the world, in 2008, Flos Olei ranked Extra Virgin Olive Oil Ex Albis among the Top 15 olive oils in the world. The renowned and influential guide Der Feinschmeker regularly ranks us among the best producers of extra virgin olive oil on the German and Austrian markets. We regularly receive important awards and prizes at Biol in Bari, one of the world's most prestigious competitions dedicated to organic extra virgin olive oils. In 2016, the WORLD'S BEST OLIVE OILS included us among the TOP 25 organic olive oil producers in the world.
Tedi & Sandi Chivalon